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How does PLAN create networks?

How does PLAN create networks?

We hire a network Community Connector and match them with a family, based on their knowledge of the community and their compatibility with the person who is socially isolated. The Community Connector looks for people to join the network.

The key is invitation. First, they determine who currently has or previously had a relationship with your family member. Next, the immediate and extended family is considered. We then invite family, friends and neighbours and people from every walk of life: people who have something in common with your relative and above all, people who like your relative and want to spend time with them. We do not use a volunteer bank; rather, we rely on the power of networking and friendship based on common interests. We look for ways for each person we work with to meet new people, based on their interests: joining community groups, planning potluck suppers, introducing people who we think might be compatible.

PLAN has several coordinators, called Network Mentors, responsible for finding, training, and supervising Community Connectors. Because it is important to find the right match, it takes a thoughtful process to find the right person to be your relative’s Community Connector. Even after the right person has been found, it takes time for a network to grow and flourish.

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PLAN enables families to create a good life for people with disabilities. . Work with us to give your loved one a network of caring relationships, a sound financial plan, opportunities for contribution and supported decision-making, and a place to call home…. . .


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